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Pinay hoops luminary Ewon Arayi is done playing competitive basketball.
“Ipaubaya ko na sa mga bata ang paglalaro (I’m entrusting the game to the younger generation),” the 35-year-old Arayi told The Manila Times on Thursday.
Arayi played for Perlas Pilipinas (now known as Gilas Pilipinas Women’s team) from 2007 to 2015. She is the longest-tenured player and team captain of the Philippine women’s national basketball team.
Arayi helped Perlas capture the 2010 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) championship. She was with Perlas when the team placed fourth in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
The 5-foot-5 cager was then commissioned to coach the Lady Falcons and the Baby Falcons of her alma mater Adamson University.
On Tuesday, Arayi posted on Facebook that she will no longer play hoops.
“I am letting you (playing basketball) go because I am opening another chance, opportunity and chapter of my life. I can still see and be with you but in different ways this time,” reads Arayi’s post.
Arayi made the announcement amid offers to join the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). She was reportedly considering joining the country’s first-ever women’s professional basketball league.
“Some of my friends are still asking if I’ll join the WNBL, so I posted that to let everybody know that I’m done playing competitive basketball,” she said.
Arayi won the 2004 University Athletic Association of the Philippines Women’s basketball Most Valuable Player award. She led the Lady Falcons to two championships.
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